While revealing the many projects he and fellow new DC Studios CEO Peter Safran are planning for the company, James Gunn announced that he is working on a new film featuring Superman.
Titled ‘Superman: Legacy’, Gunn said he was writing the script for the new film but did not confirm whether he was directing it.
He now made it clear that he would indeed be watching her.
Superman learns to balance his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. Read the Plot
Why did James Gunn direct ‘Superman: Legacy?’
Taking to Twitter, Gunn offered insight into the thought process into which he decided to direct.
Here’s part of what he said: ·
“It’s been a long road to get to this point. I was offered Superman years ago –– I initially said no because I lacked the way that feels unique and fun and emotional that gives Superman the dignity he deserves. Then less than a year ago I saw a way in, centered in many ways around Superman’s legacy; how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farm parents informed who he was and the choices he made. So I chose to end up writing a script. But I was hesitant to direct, despite Peter Safran and the others being constantly pestered to commit (sorry, Peter). Just because I wrote something doesn’t mean I feel it in my bones, visually and emotionally, enough to spend over two years directing it, especially not something this big.
You can read the full twitter thread, including the film’s emotional connection to its father, here:
How is the story of ‘Superman: Legacy’?
Here’s what Gunn had to say about ‘Legacy’ when it was first announced:
“With our story, we want to take it from the good guys vs. bad people. There are people who are very good – almost holy – and Superman is among them. There are really terrible villains like Gorilla Grodd or the Joker. And then there’s everyone in between, so there’s all the shades of gray that allow us to tell a complicated story.”
While the exact plot remains a mystery, Gunn previously said that ‘Legacy’ would feature a younger Superman (but this time it would also skip the original story).
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Will Henry Cavill be a star again?
Henry Cavill fans were disappointed to learn that, after having the opportunity to announce his return to the Superman suit on social media, the actor was simply let go.
But the short answer: no, Cavill is no longer part of DC’s plans under Gunn and Safran (though who knows if they’ll find a place for him in the future).
The search is no doubt already underway for someone to play the role, which we believe the young rising and hitherto unknown starlet will be desperately seeking. It could be a star-making role for whoever plays Clark Kent/Kal-El.
‘Superman: Legacy’ is currently scheduled to hit theaters on July 11, 2025.